Fostering Creativity

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

So I am on winter break from nursing school, and what is the first thing I want to do?  Get my craft on, of course!  I love making homemade gifts, and when I saw this idea from Little Golden Nook, I just had to recreate it.  Check out what I did!

Materials:

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  • Worsted weight yarn in color(s) of choice – I used my go-to fave Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Cherry, Seaspray, Cactus, Taupe, and Snow
  • Metal or plastic bangle bracelets – I found a 12-pack in the girls’ section at Target for $5, used 10 for my ornaments, and Sydney and Lucy each got a new bracelet!
  • Ribbon in coordinating colors – I found awesome holiday grosgrain ribbon at Michael’s
  • Felt in coordinating colors
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Clip art or photos of your choice
Using Sandra’s pattern, I made five ornaments for each of my two gifts (1o ornaments total).  These babies look super cute on their own!

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Next, I Googled vintage Christmas images.  You could use any images you can think of – kids’ drawings, family pictures, school portraits, etc. You could even add a little cross stitch or embroidery design (what! I am totally doing that next time).  I chose to make my ornaments a little kitschy and with a vintage feel.  I used PowerPoint to crop and size them the way I wanted, then printed them on white cardstock.  Using one of the bracelets, I traced a circle on each pic and cut it out.  Then, to help them stay looking nice for a long time, I laminated them.

pic4 Using a circle about a half inch in diameter larger than the opening in the ornaments (I found some dish in my kitchen that worked), I traced and cut circles out of felt sheets.  Then I cut about 6-inch lengths of ribbon and used hot glue to make hangers for the ornaments.

pic5 Then I made a little ornament sandwich – crocheted ornament, laminated picture, felt circle with glued on ribbon side facing in towards the middle so it would be hidden.  I carefully hot glued the sandwich together, and that was that!

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I wanted to wrap them in something that they could also be stored in so they would stay nice for years and years.  I found these cookie tins that were the perfect size at Michael’s.  Using this blank tag printable, I added some text, then copied and pasted the image into PowerPoint and made it large enough to cover the lid.  Side note: you can, of course, use just about any photo editing software for resizing and cropping images.  I just use PowerPoint because I know it really well and what it can do and I don’t want to learn anything new.  So there.

pic8 I printed the labels on large (5 1/2″ x 9″) white address labels that I found at Target.  I added a little bit of Christmas-colored paper grass stuff, and my gifts are complete!

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These ornaments are SO adorable!  My sisters are gonna LOVE them!  What homemade gifts have you made this year?

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